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Google Search VS. Yahoo Search


In all honesty, I have to admit I have bone to pick with Google Search.  In the past 6 months, all of my residual income has dried up thanks to something called PANDA that downrates "content farms" which all of the sites I have been writing for have been classified as by Google.  Man, this burns me up.


With that said, in Google's effort to shut down sites it determined to be inferior, it has bitten itself in the proverbial butt. Even Bing is better now.


As someone who has a couple thousand articles on Yahoo Voices, it  occurs to me that the best way to support Yahoo is to use the Yahoo search instead of Google.   I just did a bit of an impromptu test and here is what I found: 


Test:  I purchased some bio oil today and in a moment of buyers remorse, decided to look up the item. The results:


Google search: various sites that sell bio oil (not the official site) leading with Amazon and the like, and a few random opinion question and answer sites. LAME. 


Yahoo search: The official website, several beauty sites with reviews, a very informative Hub page that gave the pros and cons, and an ehow page. MUCH BETTER.


In my opinion, Google can keep messing with Algorithms if they want, but if the searches are garbage, where will that leave them? 

Furthermore, who died and named Google search engine God.  I cam across a new video by my favorite You-Tube act and I thought I would end this blog with a bit of appropriate theme music. 

I think it is time to crash Google's party




Realizing that I am writing this on Blogger, a Google owned Company, maybe it's time to consider another blog host.  Ugh.  What a nightmare. 

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Need Shopping ideas?

I wrote these Christmas gift idea articles a while ago, but they are still relevant:


Top 10 Gift Ideas for Families and Groups:
While Christmas gift giving is a good time to show people how much you appreciate them, it can also be a pain in the pocketbook. Cutting back on gift giving in hard times is an absolute necessity. A good way to cut back on the number of gifts you need to give for Christmas is to give gifts to families and groups instead of individuals. Here are some great ideas you can give that will save you lots of time and money, while still making your recipients pleasantly surprised.
http://voices.yahoo.com/top-10-gift-ideas-families-112898.html

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Tween Girls 
Tween girls, ages 10 to 13, are described as too old for toys but too young for boys. They are not little girls anymore, but they are not quite teenagers either. Buying gifts for girls in this age range is a delicate matter. You don't want to insult them by purchasing a gift that is for "babies", but you don't want them to grow up to fast. Here are some gift ideas you can use when making purchases for tween girls. Read More  http://voices.yahoo.com/top-10-gift-ideas-tween-girls-112626.html

Christmas Gift Ideas for Forgetful People
Finding the right gifts for the right people can be difficult. Choosing gifts based on the personalities of your family and friends can be a good approach. In this article, I will address gift ideas for the forgetful people in your life.  Read:  http://voices.yahoo.com/christmas-gift-ideas-forgetful-651180.html?cat=41

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Parents too involved in college admissions?

From talking to other parents and reading article upon article about parents helping prospective college students apply, it appears that this should be a hands-off endeavor. However, I dare say that since my husband and I will be paying for college that we absolutely should be involved in the process.

Read More Here 

http://www.examiner.com/education-headlines-in-national/parents-too-involved-college-admissions

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Made in America Christmas Gifts

As we continue to try to claw our ways out of a bad economy, more and more American's are considering ways to single-handedly stimulate the economy. Many are latching on to a World News with Diane Sawyer news report that states, "The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion... If that money was spent entirely on US made products it would create 4.6 million jobs... If each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs."  ...

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